My Body, My Rules: Personality and Feelings about Body Size and Weight

Swansea University, Psychology

The aim of this study is to explore how people think and feel about their body size and weight. We are particularly interested in the complex but important differences between people – some people are happy or proud of their body, whereas others may struggle with negative thoughts or feelings. All of these thoughts and feelings can happen just as much among people who are any size and weight. So we are trying to find out more about the characteristics and psychological patterns that can be seen in people who feel positive about their body and those who struggle with their body (and anyone in between!).

Your Impact

This knowledge could help to support movements such as ‘Body Positivity’ and ‘Big is Beautiful’ that celebrate bodies of all sizes and encourage people of all weights to feel good about themselves (for examples see, Ultimately, findings could help us to help people in future who may struggle with feelings about their size or weight.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

18 to 40 years old

Study Tasks

Questions about your personality
Questions about your height and weight
Questions about your thoughts, feelings and experiences that relate to your body
Questions about your feelings in general


This study has been given a favourable ethical opinion by the University of Surrey Ethics Committee. Ref FHMS 19-20 036


Body positivity
Body image
Body size

Activity and Time

Health and Wellness, Psychology

Polls and Surveys

Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends, Overnight

40 minutes total, 1 session

Single online survey


At the end of the study you will have the chance to enter a prize draw – we are giving away two £25 (or US $30) Amazon or One4All vouchers to two lucky winners.

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Aug 12, 2020

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